Trucks of a Russian convoy carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine are parked at a Russia-Ukraine border crossing point "Donetsk" in Rostov Region, August 21, 2014 (Reuters / Alexander Demianchuk)
Trucks with Russian humanitarian aid to war-torn eastern Ukraine are going through customs at the border. Following a delay caused by the Ukrainian side, the convoy may finally start moving to its destination on Friday, a Red Cross official said.
The first four Russian vehicles carrying humanitarian cargo have undergone customs clearance at the Russian border checkpoint ‘Donetsk’ in the Rostov region and are now being processed by Ukrainian customs officials at the Izvarino checkpoint, reports RIA Novosti.
Following about a week of delay, the aid convoy may set off on Friday for its final destination - Ukraine’s Lugansk region.
The vehicles will be accompanied by ICRC vehicles throughout the trip.
“Only a driver should be inside each truck cabin. Stops are not allowed throughout the route. The column is also accompanied by medics in case there’s need for first aid treatment,” the Russian Emergencies Ministry press service said.
Fidel Castro praised Venezuela for its solidarity with Palestine. (Photo: Cuba Debate)
What Venezuela is doing for Palestine is an example of solidarity the world over, the Cuban leader told Nicolas Maduro.
The former Cuban leader Fidel Castro Wednesday congratulated Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for the support of Venezuela toward the besieged Palestinian enclave of Gaza, which has been indiscriminately pounded on by Israeli missile strikes since July 8.
Castro praised the generosity of the Venezuelan government with the people of Palestine. In an open letter published in the Cuban media, the former leader especially thanked Maduro for having visited him last Tuesday in Havana, the Cuban capital.
"It made me extraordinarily happy that he (Maduro) came through with his visit so soon, not only due to the honor that his presence implies and the prompt action, because of the very difficult task that it means to continue on with the epic battle of Hugo Chavez, but also because of the exceptional activities that he is carrying out with Palestine," wrote Castro.
The former Cuban leader also congratulated President Maduro for the aid and assistance he has given to the Palestinians, who are under constant attack by the Israeli Defense Forces.
"With the greatest sincerity, I congratulated him for what he is doing in favor of the martyrized people of the Gaza Strip," said Castro in his written statement. "What Venezuela is doing today for Palestine is an exceptional example to all the world.".
He remembered that the nations that suffer genocide as is Palestine today deserve all the help they can get from the countries willing and able to assist.
In this regard, Castro said that, "The punitive measures laid by imperialists against Venezeula since they tried to overthrow Chavez with the support of the fascist oligarchy of Venezuela are known."
Recently, the Cuban leader published an article dedicated to Palestine which he entitled the "Palestine Holocaust in Gaza." In this work, Castro condemned the genocide being committed by Israel against the people of Palestine and he profoundly regretted the fact that the international community has done nothing to put an end to the increasing Israeli violence against Gaza.
War Propaganda: Supposed ISIS Beheading of American Journalist
Designed to stoke popular outrage and set stage for Syrian intervention
by Kurt Nimmo | Infowars.com | August 20, 2014ShortURL
The corporate media is employing adverbs – purportedly, seemingly, apparently – to describe the reported beheading of American freelance journalist James Wright Foley.
Fox News: “We need to go into Syria.”
Foley was reportedly abducted in Syria. Soon after his disappearance the Columbia Journalism Review said he was “almost certainly being held by the Syrian government in a detention center near the capital city of Damascus.” It was later said he was taken by ISIS, now known as IS, or the Islamic State.
On Tuesday a video was posted to Youtube allegedly showing Foley’s beheading. The video is titled “A message to America” and shows a man said to be Foley on his knees, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, next to a black-clad man British authorities believe is a Briton.
Photos and videos also appeared on Twitter accounts linked to IS groups.
“I call on my friends, family, and loved ones to rise up against my real killers, the US government, for what will happen to me is only a result of their complacency and criminality,” the man said to be Foley declares.
“My message to my beloved parents — save me some dignity and don’t accept any meagre compensation for my death from the same people who effectively hit the last nail in my coffin from their recent aerial campaign in Iraq,” a reference to the Obama administration’s token bombing campaign directed at IS in Iraq.
“I call on my brother John, who’s a member of the US Air Force, think about what you are doing.”
“I died that day, John. When your colleagues dropped that bomb on those people, they signed my death certificate.
“I guess all in all, I wish I wasn’t American.”
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the executioner in the video is probably a British citizen.
“On the face of it, it appears to have been a British person. We’ll have to do some more analysis to make quite certain that that is the case,” Hammond said.
The British Prime Minister David Cameron “cut short his summer vacation to return to London and chair urgent meetings on the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria,” according to NBC News.
Precisely Timed War Propaganda
The alleged beheading is now dominating the establishment news cycle, overshadowing events in Ferguson, Missouri. The media invariably engages in wall-to-wall coverage when a journalist is killed, especially in such a sensational and grotesque manner.
The alleged murder will undoubtedly be exploited by the state as it ramps up re-intervention in Iraq under the humanitarian banner. In the meantime, it is the responsibility of the corporate media to produce public outrage and further demonize IS, a paramilitary group created by the U.S. and its Gulf Emirate associates and trained by the United States military in Jordan.
“The extremists’ immediate goal was to use the shocking images to intimidate the Obama administration into halting U.S. airstrikes on ISIS strongholds in Iraq,” reports the International Business Times.
In fact, as ISIS undoubtedly knows, the exact opposite will occur – the United States and its partners will step up their bombing campaign, using the video as a convenient propaganda tool and capitalizing on popular outrage over the group.
The New York Post, owned by News Corp. magnate Rupert Murdoch, mustered its editorial board this morning and declared the “time for games is over” and the “horrific wake-up call” of Foley’s alleged murder demands military retaliation. “With American lives now being taken and even more at risk, America is now directly involved. No more playing footsie with butchers.”
Johan Galtung, a Norwegian sociologist and the principal founder of the discipline of peace and conflict studies, has described how the establishment media exploits violence to propagandize the foreign policy objectives of the state.
Manicheanism, the art of portraying one side as brutal and evil while the other is viewed as a chaste and innocent victim, plays a dominant role in war propaganda. This is the process we are now witnessing in regard to the alleged murder of James Foley.
The establishment media will continue to employ this tactic, along with decontextualizing the violence – dwelling on irrational emotional responses while ignoring the underlying reasons for violence and, in the case of ISIS, omitting the fact the group and its mercurial leader are largely a creation of U.S. intelligence and its partners.
Alex invites geopolitical analyst and Syrian activist Mimi Al-Laham, AKA Syrian Girl, to talk about how ISIS is reshaping the Middle East, and how the west uses the terror group to divide and conquer nations, bringing about order out of chaos.